Travel guide
United States

From city lights to western settings…

A major world power, this continent-sized country is intertwined with history and modernity.

A dynamic atmosphere in the cities and breathtaking nature.

50 states to discover. The choice is yours: star in a western, a detective series, make a bet in the biggest casinos in Las Vegas, or play the “Wolf” of Wall Street. Each city has its own identity that will transport you. A country with a thousand faces!

Time difference



U.S. Dollar


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • How are you? = How are you ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Fine, thank you, and you ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Do you speak French/English ?
  • Je comprends/ Je ne comprends pas = I understand / I don’t understand
  • Pardon = Sorry
  • Au revoir = Goodbye
  • Bienvenue =Welcome
  • Merci (beaucoup) =Thank you (very much)
  • Excusez-moi/SVP =Excuse me/Please
  • Je suis Français(e) = I am French
  • Je m’appelle… =My name is …
  • Non merci =No thanks
  • Oui/Non = Yes/No
  • De rien/Je vous en prie = It’s nothing/You’re welcome

Key figures

The United States spans four time zones. From east to west, we have :

  • Eastern Standard Time: 6 hours behind France. 3pm in Paris, 9am in New York.
  • Central Standard Time: 7-hour time difference with France. 15 hours in Paris, 8 hours in Chicago.
  • Mountain Standard Time: 8-hour time difference with France. 3pm in Paris, 7am in Denver.
  • Pacific Standard Time: 9-hour time difference with France. 15 hours in Paris, 6 hours in San Francisco.

Good to know

American sockets – Type A or Type B

From France to the USA: 00 + 1 + 3-digit area code + phone number.

From the USA to France: 011 + 33 + 9-digit number (without the initial 0).

The age of majority is 21; alcohol consumption and tobacco sales are prohibited before that.


Recommended vaccines :

  • DT Polio
  • Whooping cough
  • Measles
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • possibly rabies

To cope with the sometimes very high cost of hospitalization and health care abroad, we strongly recommend that you take out an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, etc.) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency.


Holders of French passports who are also nationals of one of the seven countries concerned (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq) are exempt from the restrictive measures, provided they hold a valid visa on their French passport.

Only holders of electronic or biometric passports are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows French nationals to enter the U.S. without a visa, but with an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), either in transit or for a tourist or business stay of up to 90 days.